Weekend Inspiration: Urban Industrial


Upcycled timber and scaffolding shelvesDistressed metals paired with high ceilings and exposed wooden beams. Rustic tables with pipes for legs. And Tolix chairs in bold colours… We love that raw, warehouse vibe. It’s a little bit loft. And a lot addictive.

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Fusing the uber-sophistication of the Brooklyn loft with industrial finishes makes our hearts happy. The look is masculine. It’s edgy. And yet, it’s open to interpretation. Incorporating high-sheen metallics works a treat.

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The Manhattan loft is the home for books and library ladders. With elements of urban industrialism, it becomes bohemian intellectual meets factory-chic. Eclectic + intriguing is the name of the game. The just-a-little rough-around-the-edges adds a touch of grit for realism.

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When you’re spoilt for space, pendant lights can create a feature in themselves. Or accent your space with searchlight tripod floor lamps and quirky desk-lamps.

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While urban industrial can work in all the greys or create an opulent look in creamy neutrals, bursts of colour look great. We like the way this interior has worked in a mustard side table with the oriental rug which is in turn supported by the rich hues of the replica Eames dining chairs.

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The kitchen is not the first room that comes to mind with this look but take a look… It looks amazing. Rustic barstools really make a breakfast nook. And all the colours of the old-school ceramic pots add visual interest. We love the pans as wall art as well!

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Polished concrete or painted floorboards are made for rugs, whether you heart animal hide, contemporary wool or jute. Add personality through replica designer objects d’art. Or bring some outdoor signage inside. Own your space!

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We love the striking architectural and interior design in the interior below: bench seating and a table top that screws into the wall. Such sleek lines and epic looks. Plus the palette is deliciously moody. It’s pairing with a high gloss panel on the wall makes for lavish light play.

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What’s your fave urban industrial element? Would you like to live in this space?

Next week’s inspiration? Japanese minimalism. Watch this space.


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Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.